The Arts: Don't Confront The Holocaust?

Don't Confront The Holocaust?

Ever since the National Endowment for the Arts stirred a ruckus by funding an exhibition of photographs with explicitly homosexual themes by Robert Mapplethorpe, NEA Chairman John Frohnmayer has ducked public appearances. Last week he testified to a commission probing the NEA's grant policies. Claiming that a display that "leads to confrontation . . . would not be appropriate for public funding," he came up with an outrageous example. He suggested that a photograph of Holocaust victims displayed "in the entrance of a museum where all would have to confront it, whether they chose to or not," might not be fit...